Almost Home Thanksgiving Box Donations

Every year at Thanksgiving, our associates rally together and raise money to support a Almost Home’s Thanksgiving Box Program to provide meals for 300 families in our area.

Last year we raised over $3,600, but we can probably beat that easily this year! Peggy Jarrett is taking donations through tomorrow — Thursday, November 16.  She will be in the Bistro tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive donations in person.

Almost Home is a nonprofit organization in Brighton helping families that are homeless or lacking sufficient resources to keep a roof over their heads.

Please consider giving, even if you can only spare a little extra. It means so much to a family to be able to have a nice Thanksgiving meal.

See this flyer for additional information or call Peggy Jarrett with any questions.

Mind Body Team Seeks Associate Teachers

It’s no longer unusual to start a meeting at Platte Valley with a few deep breaths and a stretch, to sit and chart with a sandbag on your lap, or stand back to back with a co-worker when you’re feeling stressed.  These simple techniques are part of our Mind Body Connection program, which focuses on increasing self-awareness and taking a moment to care for you, which will ultimately improve the quality of your interactions with patients and co-workers – truly a win-win situation.

Many of these concepts stem from the teachings of Matthew Sanford, a yoga teacher, writer and owner of Mind Body Solutions, a non-profit in Minneapolis.  Matthew is paralyzed as a result of a car accident when he was 13, so his experiences as a patient serve to enlighten us as providers.  He has visited Platte Valley twice, and the approach he introduced has been carried on with our Mind Body team.

In the past year, we have brought these techniques to several departments, incorporated them into meetings, presented at the SCL SHINE conference and held sessions for Hospital Week and community gatherings.  We’ve been energized by the positive responses we’ve received and the success stories we’ve heard.  Now we’d like your help to continue spreading the word!

We’re looking for associates to assist in teaching their co-workers some of these techniques.  If you went to Matthew’s workshop, you have a head start, but our team can help train you as well.  If you have an interest in this work, please contact Karen Vizyak, Physical Medicine Director at X1844 or Christine Salvi, Patient Experience Director at X3635 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid Classes Available

One of the priority areas that came out of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment for PVMC was Mental Health and Substance Abuse. To help address this, SCL Health is providing the Mental Health First Aid course along with Community Reach Center. The class is free to attend for everyone and the information is invaluable as we see more issues within our community and the hospital. If you know someone in the community that would benefit from this opportunity, please pass this along to them.

These classes do have a minimum required class size, and will be cancelled if enough people do not sign up. Please consider taking this valuable class.

Upcoming Classes:

  • First Responder & Emergency Department Class: Wednesday, November 29 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Medical Plaza 2 Conference Room. To register: http://bit.ly/2yxSPoI
  • Tuesday Dec 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Medical Plaza 2 Conference Room. To register: http://bit.ly/2xlZRfT

About Mental Health First Aid:

  • Evidence-based training program empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to others who might be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis
  • Enhances ability to intervene in the event of a mental health emergency
  • Population health approach to behavioral health helps to raise awareness and intervention skills while reducing the stigma around mental health
  • Movement to train a greater number of individuals across the country to improve prevention efforts against anxiety,depression and other mental health disorders
  • Similar to previous efforts to increase the number of individuals with CPR/First Aid knowledge…more education = more lives saved!

Seats Open in Healthy Cooking Demo

Are you interested in learning how to prepare tasty, nutritious meals from scratch for the upcoming holiday season? Join Chef Mike and Registered Dietitian Melissa for a live cooking demo. Learn to prepare healthier holiday meals, and how to modify some of the recipes you already love. Bring your friends!

Healthy from Scratch for the Holidays: A Live Cooking Demo
Thursday November 9, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Room A
Space is limited so sign up online or by calling Evelyn at X1481.

Remembering the Children

Maria Lochran began collecting children’s books for PVMC and Salud in 2014 when she noticed the medical facilities she was visiting had adult magazines, but very little for children waiting with their parents. It was then she made the decision to take the money she received from her garage sales to purchase children’s books, which she donated, to Platte Valley Medical Center and Salud.

The first year she donated 400 books, the second year over 900 and even though she had a stroke, managed to donate another 200 books last year (contributed by Connie Haney on her behalf through a contact made by Linda Young).

A very big THANK YOU to Maria is definitely in order for remembering the children  (and their parents) visiting our hospital.

 

Linda Young, Sheryl Sorensen (PVMC Director of Volunteers), Mary Ladwig and Maria Lochran (wheelchair)

Understanding the Brand Refresh

What is the Brand Refresh project?

The Brand Refresh project is an evolution, a merging of our system goals and our patient’s desires. We are engaging our associates, providers and our communities in this transformation, so that we create a version of SCL Health that creates satisfaction, preference and loyalty in everyone we serve.

You may be wondering, why are we refreshing the SCL Health brand?

SCL Health is on a mission to transform our system into a truly patient-centered organization through:

  • New partnerships
  • New care environments
  • New ways to access care
  • Exciting digital and telehealth initiatives

As patient expectations for healthcare continue to evolve, we need to reflect this transformation of our system in how we present ourselves internally and externally.

What does “patient centered” mean to SCL Health:

By the end of the week, our new logo will be live on our website. Here’s a glance at a few of the other system logos too:

 

 

 

Now that you have some insight into the Brand Refresh project, you probably have some questions. Please email any questions you might have about the Brand Refresh to evelyn.wiant@sclhs.net, or leave them as comments here on the ICE.

27 Days Remaining to Get your Flu Vaccine!

Protect yourself and our patients by getting your shot. All employees, volunteers, and medical staff must receive a flu shot before October 31.

This is a firm deadline! The flu vaccine is mandatory unless you have an approved exemption (failure to provide documentation of your flu vaccine by October 31 will result in suspension). There are only two “approved” exemptions for the influenza vaccination:

  • a documented, severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to other components of the influenza vaccine
  • a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.
  • Please contact Employee Health at x1495 as soon as possible if you have an exemption.

The seasonal flu vaccine is free for all employees. Each employee who receives the vaccination will also receive candy and a fountain drink coupon. Vaccines are available on the following dates:

  • October 6, & 10 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm C
  • October 12 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm B.
  • For night shift staff, the House Supervisor will be available to give the shot

We also have a few community clinics available:

  • Walk-In Only, Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Kid’s Clinics (for children 10 or under and their families)*
    Mondays, October 9, 16, & 23, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    *appointment required for kids clinic only, call X3590 to schedule.
  • Off-Site Clinics
    Eagle View Adult Center, October 5, 8 – 11 a.m.

If you’d like to get your flu shot from a non-PVMC clinic, you will need to bring in proof of your vaccination in order to be compliant.

Mental Health First Aid Training

SCL Health is launching a systemwide initiative to help in supporting the ongoing need for mental health awareness, prevention and treatment through increased availability of Mental Health First Aid training for associates and the general public. We’re collaborating with community partners to sponsor these training classes. Training is a FREE, eight-hour session, and certification is awarded at course completion.

  • Tuesday, October 10 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you’re interested in attending a training, sign up at this link or call Peggy Jarrett for more information: 303-272-0880, peggy.jarrett@sclhs.net.

 

Transforming SCL Health for the Future

You may have seen this week’s email from SCL Health System, outlining an exciting new chapter in the story of SCL Health and Platte Valley Medical Center. Together, we are preparing for a “brand refresh,” which is a simple name for a system-wide transformation that will better support the needs and wants of our patients and associates, and highlight our regional healthcare network.

Why is this important?
Our patients are transforming healthcare at a lightning-fast pace. Research shows they are looking for care from a coordinated system, and most would like to receive all of their care from one healthcare brand. Patients see the value in their local doctor or hospital belonging to a larger network, as it gives them easy access to all the healthcare services they may need in a lifetime. Additionally, when receiving care from an integrated system, patients know they can expect the same philosophies of care to be shared throughout, from their doctor’s office to the OR.
Patients want a provider who treats them as a whole person – not just their illness; who empowers them with tools and access to care, and who offers empathy in every interaction.

This “philosophy of care” sounds a lot like Planetree!
Yes, it does! This brand refresh focuses heavily on patient-centered care – how lucky we are at Platte Valley to already be familiar and comfortable with this philosophy. It will be simple for us to continue to make this part of our everyday work. The only difference now is that we have the collective power of SCL Health to guide, shape and energize this mission.
We’re taking exciting steps to build brand awareness, drive patient loyalty and make finding and engaging with us as a system a whole lot easier!

Starting in the coming weeks, and continuing into 2018, we’ll be working to present a simplified, accessible brand image that inspires new and existing patients to select us as their trusted healthcare partner, no matter where they are in their wellness journeys.

Stay tuned to the ICE for more updates. Next week, we will take a deeper look at the next steps we’ll take in this transformative journey, and when you can expect to see these changes taking place. If you have questions, please email them to evelyn.wiant@sclhs.net.

Platte Valley Welcomes Newest Medical Staff Member

Platte Valley Medical Center is pleased to welcome the newest member of its medical staff, Internal Medicine Physician Kristin Fitzgerald, D.O. Dr. Fitzgerald joined the practice of Drs. Meyer and Grubbs at Platte Valley Internal Medicine.

As an internist, Dr. Fitzgerald specializes in treating adults, providing a holistic and dynamic approach to medicine that focuses on patient lifestyle, diet, and medical management. In addition to annual physicals, and wellness exams, she can guide patients in the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Dr. Fitzgerald prefers to collaborate with her patients to provide an individualized treatment plan that is based on their needs and healthcare goals.

Dr. Fitzgerald received her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Michigan State University. She speaks both English and Spanish. When she’s not in the office, Dr. Fitzgerald enjoys hiking, skiing and listening to live music.

For more information, please call 303-659-5800. Dr. Fitzgerald’s office is located at 1606 Prairie Center Parkway, Suite 310, in Brighton.

Videophone for the Deaf

Platte Valley has now added a videophone, to provide interpretation services for our deaf and hard of hearing population. The videophone is located in a small booth inside the ED waiting area, to the left of the ED entrance. This videophone will allow deaf visitors and/or patients to make outside “calls” as needed at no cost to them. Videophones are familiar tools in the deaf culture, and this piece of equipment is strictly for the use of our deaf and hearing impaired patients or visitors, as part of improving communications for our deaf population. No training is required for staff, however, if the equipment isn’t working properly, please call the troubleshooting phone number located on the monitor of the videophone. If you have any questions regarding the videophone, please contact Lidia Puga at X1905.

 

Get Vaccinated: Employee & Community Flu Clinics

Protect yourself and our patients by getting yourself vaccinated against seasonal flu. All employees, volunteers, and medical staff must receive a flu shot before October 31.

This is a firm deadline! The flu vaccine is mandatory unless you have an approved exemption. There are only two “approved” exemptions for the influenza vaccination

  • a documented, severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to other components of the influenza vaccine
  • a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.
  • Please contact Employee Health at x1495 as soon as possible if you have an exemption.

The seasonal flu vaccine is free for all employees. Each employee who receives the vaccination will also receive candy and a fountain drink coupon. Vaccines are available on the following dates:

  • October 2, 6, & 10 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm C
  • October 12 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm B.
  • For night shift staff, the House Supervisor will be available to give the shot

We also have a few community clinics available:

  • Walk-In & Drive Thru Clinic: Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Walk-In Only, Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Kid’s Clinics (for children 10 or under and their families)*
    Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, & 23, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    *appointment required for kids clinic only, call X3590 to schedule.
  • Off-Site Clinics
    Fort Lupton Rec Center, October 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Eagle View Adult Center, October 5, 8 – 11 a.m.

If you’d like to get your flu shot from a non-PVMC clinic, you will need to bring in proof of your vaccination in order to be compliant.

A New Opportunity for Harold Dupper

After 17 years with Platte Valley Medical Center, Harold Dupper, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will leave Platte Valley this fall and continue his financial leadership in community-based healthcare at Vail Valley Medical Center as their Chief Financial Officer.

It’s been an honor to have Harold at Platte Valley for nearly two decades. His keen financial wisdom and economic strategies have led Platte Valley through the greatest growth period in the hospital’s history. During his tenure as CFO, he provided strategic financial leadership for multiple hospital achievements, including:

  • His work to help put the HUD financing in place. It’s not only still in effect today, but set the financial foundation for Platte Valley’s strategic move from central Brighton to Prairie Center.
  • Designing, building and relocating to Prairie Center in 2007. Upon opening, Harold’s visionary leadership enabled Platte Valley to open as one of the most advanced wireless hospitals in the United States. These efforts also laid the foundation for our healthcare information technology and placed us in the top 8 percent of hospitals nationally for electronic medical records (EMR) success and industry-leading information-sharing systems. Platte Valley’s EMR system was transformed again with the recent move to Epic in 2017.
  • Working with the Platte Valley Board and executive leadership to broaden our vision and strategically keep pace with the growing healthcare needs of our market to transform from a community hospital into a successful community healthcare enterprise. Harold is most proud of sharing in the efforts of multiple team members to open clinics in Reunion, Fort Lupton, Spectrum Medical Imaging, Walk Right In, and six other hospital-owned clinics in order to stay ahead of and meet the challenges of the changing healthcare landscape.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to be on the Platte Valley Team,” Harold explains. “Everyone – from the Board to front line staff – has worked together in such a collaborative way, which has made working here so meaningful. I’ve shared success with so many people and it’s been really rewarding to be a part of and to have a role in the achievements and journey of Platte Valley. I am grateful to have shared so many personal and professional experiences with my Platte Valley Teammates, I will miss and treasure each one.”

Harold will continue in his role at Platte Valley through October 4 and transition from the Platte River Valley to the Vail Valley in mid-October. We are now in the process of developing a transition plan for Harold’s work and starting the recruitment process for an interim Vice President of Finance. While we will miss Harold, we send with him our best regards for many rewarding and successful mountain community healthcare moments.

 

Girls’ Night Out Still Needs Volunteers!

We are only a week away from the 6th Annual Girls’ Night Out and we still a few more volunteers!

We will need about 100 volunteers to make this event successful. There are a variety of ways you can help. By volunteering, you will receive a free meal, be able to experience the event, and be eligible for a special door prize drawing! Additionally, volunteering at Girls’ Night Out will qualify you for 2 Wellness points in your HealthWISE account. To volunteer: register online or by calling x1481.

Guest registration is also open and there are less than 100 spots left! If you would like to attend Girls’ Night Out as a guest, you can sign up online, or by calling x1481. Tickets are $5 this year, and your donation goes directly to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Women’s Services Fund, and gives us the opportunity to expand women’s services in our community.

Reminder: Retirement Reception for Isabel Mestas

A retirement reception is being held for Isabel Mestas from Patient Financial Services. Please join us on Friday, September 8 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Bistro, to celebrate Isabel and her 36+ years of service to Platte Valley Medical Center. Cake and refreshments will be served.

 

Stroke Center Re-Certified by Joint Commission

Our stroke survey last Friday was successful, and Platte Valley was re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission!  Our staff did an excellent job of explaining the wonderful stroke care that we give, and responding to the survey questions. Overall it was a very satisfying and successful day.  The surveyors did comment on the beautiful hospital and the amazing staff that we have here at Platte Valley.

Thank you Platte Valley staff, and especially to Billy Nolan,  our stroke coordinator, and his team.

Just a Few More Volunteers Needed for GNO!

What a better way to volunteer, than participating in the Girls’ Night Out tradition!
Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Girls’ Night Out, and we are in need of volunteers.

We will need about 100 volunteers to make this event successful. There are a variety of ways you can help. By volunteering, you will receive a free meal, be able to experience the event, and be eligible for a special door prize drawing! Additionally, volunteering at Girls’ Night Out will qualify you for 2 Wellness points in your HealthWISE account. To volunteer: register online or by calling x1481.

Guest registration is also open! If you would like to attend Girls’ Night Out as a guest, you can sign up online, or by calling x1481. Tickets are $5 this year, and your donation goes directly to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Women’s Services Fund, and gives us the opportunity to expand women’s services in our community.

Hearts for Hearts 5K Run/Walk This Saturday!

There are still a few days left to get Early Bird pricing on registration for the annual Hearts 4 Hearts 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 2. Check-in starts at 8 a.m., the race starts at 9 a.m. at Adams County Regional Park – 9755 Henderson Road  in Brighton. PVMC’s mission is to promote wellness in the community, and this race helps raise money to support our Cardiac Rehabilitation Wellness program. This year we have set a fundraising goal of $1000. Anyone who is entered into the race is automatically eligible to win a 60 minute massage from Massage Therapy services.

Participating in the 5k will earn you 2 points towards your HealthWISE account for a healthy lifestyle behavior!

To register as a race participant, click here. Participants receive a T-shirt, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

Check In: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Early Bird Registration: 

$27 for adults

$17 for youth (15 or younger)

Race Day Registration:

$35 for adults

$20 for youth (15 or younger)

Cath Lab 2 Now Open

Cath Lab 2 is now officially open and receiving patients. The new cath lab offers several advantages to Platte Valley and our patients as we continue to expand our cardiovascular service line. The room allows for greater patient volumes, with a reduced impact on wait times. It will also eliminate the conflicts that arise with emergent patients that come in from the ED. The overall workflow in the cath lab will be greatly improved and allow for the addition of new services and procedures.

The equipment itself will help improve diagnostic and interventional images with a greatly reduced radiation dose being delivered to patients and staff. The camera has some high-tech imaging packages that will allow the physicians to obtain better data before, during and after diagnostic procedures and interventions. This is the first Philips Azurion system installed west of the Mississippi and Platte Valley will now be a show site for Philips.

We will have visitors from all over the United States and Europe coming to see the new system. This amazing new state-of-the-art lab will allow us to have an open dialogue and exchange ideas with cardiovascular professionals from all over the world.

Brighton Excellence in Arts Awards Nominations

The Brighton Cultural Arts Commission has announced a call for nominations for its second annual Excellence in Arts Awards. Brighton has a vibrant and growing cultural arts community, and the Commission would like to celebrate individuals and groups within Brighton who are cultural arts “champions”.

The Commission is asking for nominations in categories including:

  • Master of Fine Arts – This category is open to photographers, painters, potters, sculptors, jewelry designers, and authors.
  • Master of Performing Arts – This category is open to individuals or groups who are film makers, dancers, actors/actresses, directors, or musicians.
  • Visionary – An individual, group, or business who has been a leader in the Brighton cultural arts scene.
  • Master of Cultural Arts in Education- An individual, group, or business who has offered some form of creative arts activity to the youth within our community.
  • Youth in the Arts – An individual under the age of 18 who has made a positive impact on cultural arts within our schools.
  • Beyond Brighton- Open to an individual, group, or business from outside our community who has strengthened our community’s cultural arts.

To nominate someone please download the nomination form and return to Sue Corbett at the Eagle View Adult Center, 1150 Prairie Center Parkway, or email to SCorbett@brightonco.gov. The nomination deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

The Excellence in Arts Award will be presented at a special evening event open to the public on Oct.9 at the Eagle View Adult Center.

Mobile Mammo Bus Visits Fort Lupton

Saint Joseph’s Mobile 3D Mammography bus made a stop at our Fort Lupton Medical Plaza today to perform on-the-spot mammos. Mammograms are one of the most important health screenings women age 40 and older can have – not because they prevent cancer, but because they save lives by detecting the disease as early as possible. In fact, finding breast cancer early reduces a woman’s risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% if not more.

Join us for the Hearts for Hearts 5K

This year, the annual Hearts 4 Hearts 5K Run/Walk will be on Saturday, September 2 at 9 a.m. at Adams County Regional Park – 9755 Henderson Road  in Brighton. PVMC’s mission is to promote wellness in the community, and this race helps raise money to support our Cardiac Rehabilitation Wellness program. This year we have set a fundraising goal of $1000. Anyone who is entered into the race is automatically eligible to win a 60 minute massage from Massage Therapy services.

Participating in the 5k will earn you 2 points towards your HealthWISE account for a healthy lifestyle behavior!

To register as a race participant, click here. Participants receive a T-shirt, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

Check In: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Early Bird Registration: 

$27 for adults

$17 for youth (15 or younger)

Race Day Registration:

$35 for adults

$20 for youth (15 or younger)

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